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offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-12 15:19 [#02601577]
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One of the guys I've been reading lately is Laird Barron,
he started out as a horror guy then moved to crime fiction
because it pays better. Never let anyone tell you that crime
does not pay.

Anyhow he writes magnificent short horror stories that
remind me of Clive Barker, with some influence from the
surreal 80s horror masters like Steve Rasnic Tem and Dennis
Etchison, plus some Lovecraftian elder gods world-building.
Maybe a touch of Ramsey Campbell too. Highly recommended if
you like that kinda thing.

See linky in my profile for an ePub. Stay home, stay
reading, stay safe, have nightmares.


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-12 17:35 [#02601579]
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recommendation: read The Broadsword first, then Mysterium
Tremendum


 

offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2020-05-12 17:46 [#02601580]
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nice, will get on these when i fancy a good scare

i'm more of a sci-fi junkie at the mo, just finished greg
egan - instantiation and i'm umming and ahhing over starting
some vonnegut short stories or peter watts' latest, the
freeze frame revolution


 

offline Ceri JC from I'm too old for this shit (United Kingdom) on 2020-05-12 19:33 [#02601582]
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Interesting, had bought a couple of his (I think an
anthology plus something else) horror books for my Kindle
recently, hadn't yet had a chance to check them out.


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-13 04:30 [#02601608]
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Was one of them Occultation? That's the one I linked. Has
some of his most famous stories, including -30- which was
adapted into a low budget but effective horror movie called
They Remain.


 

offline Roger Wilco from Mo's Beans on 2020-05-13 13:14 [#02601628]
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Thank you for the ePub, I followed your recommendation and
read Broadsword first which, I'll confess I liked more for
the character and setting than the actual denouement,
whereas Mysterium Biggly I preferred the denouement to the
pack of homos I got to know far too much about. I'm being
silly of course, will read the whole collection and get a
print copy when all this blows over, very readable, very
satisfying.


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-13 14:18 [#02601632]
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Yeah it's great stuff. I did warn you about the Clive
Barker! They have paperbacks of his stuff at a bookstore
downtown which I'll be visiting when it opens.

Do you have any recent horror fiction discoveries? It's so
rare to find good new stuff. John Langan's novel The
Fisherman is excellent, and the ending is a corker. He has
some lovely short stories too, like Technicolor which I'm
not spoiling by noting that it's a Poe riff.


 

offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2020-05-14 07:03 [#02601651]
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Dude has an eye patch


 

offline Ceri JC from I'm too old for this shit (United Kingdom) on 2020-05-14 17:53 [#02601662]
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Talking of Horror and Clive Barker specifically, p0g0 still
has my Clive Barker Books of Blood Vol. 1. It was mint,
owned from new hardback. Not that I'm one to bear a grudge,
or cling to a debt for over fifteen years.

Tony: Will check out Occultation if it's not one I have
already, thanks for the recommendation. Also, what's up with
the guy's name, is it some weird Lord Byron referencing nom
de plume, or is that his real name?


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-15 15:32 [#02601685]
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it's supposed to be his real name, but who knows?
Interview here. Pretty wild biography if true!



 

offline Ceri JC from I'm too old for this shit (United Kingdom) on 2020-05-17 20:02 [#02601786]
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Interesting, opened one of the Kindles I've not used for a
while last night and the thing that came up was Occultation.
I have it and had already been reading it, but had
forgotten. Only about 20 pages of a real book's worth
through, but liking the writing style so far.


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-17 21:59 [#02601788]
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there needs to be a bandcamp for books that sells
unencrypted epubs for a reasonable price


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2020-05-18 00:26 [#02601793]
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i read ligotti's grimscribe and although he can write an
occasional great story (i loved "the cocoons") i more often
find his style insufferable and his themes banal. what
should i do?


 

offline Tony Danza from why so cow, man? on 2020-05-18 01:22 [#02601795]
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I don't like Ligotti either, found it hard to finish his
stories. I tried his Conspiracy Against the Human Race and
just rolled my eyes. Barron is better, they're good yarns,
and not so pompous and mannered.


 

offline dariusgriffin from cool on 2020-05-20 23:37 [#02601900]
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yeahh, it's a bit of a shame because i love current 93 and
his stuff works great in that context, but ugh. i'll still
try to read 'my work is not yet done', this one sounds like
fun.


 


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